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On Charles Williams: ‘An effort to avoid Cant’

by David Llewellyn Dodds Stephen Barber, ed., The Celian Moment and Other Essays by Charles Williams (Carterton, Oxon.: The Greystones Press Ltd, 2017) [xxviii + 132 pages]: paperback 12.99 pounds sterling. Humphrey Carpenter, author of The Inklings (1978), once told … Continue reading

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The Cosmic Dance that is God the Holy Trinity

After his harrowing battle with the Un-man and his rebirth in the bowels of Perelandra, Elwin Ransom finds his way to a hidden “valley pure rose-red, with ten or twelve of the glowing peaks about it, and in the centre … Continue reading

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The Dispassionate Sybil and the Cosmic Dance

Almost forty years ago I read my first novel by Charles Williams. I do not recall why I chose it. It was not the first or even the second novel that he wrote, nor is it one that most readers … Continue reading

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When the MacGuffin Becomes THE MacGuffin

Long kept secure and hidden from the grasping of men, the Stone of Suleiman finds itself once again an object of desire and action. The Persian guardians seek to recover it, for the honor of Islam and family. Sir Giles … Continue reading

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The Stone of Suleiman and the Multiplication of MacGuffins

The Nazis want it. The Allies want it. But most importantly, Indiana Jones wants it. It might be the Ark of the Covenant. It might be the Holy Grail. But whatever it is, it drives the plot of the movie. … Continue reading

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Charles Williams and the Mysticism of the Graal

War in Heaven is often recommended as the first novel one should pick up as introduction to the fiction of Charles Williams. Having just re-read it, I have to concur. Not that it is always easy. None of Williams’s novels … Continue reading

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The Invasion of the Angelicals

What happens when the Divine Celestials, the eternal Forms and Archetypes through which God has made the world—strength, beauty, subtlety, wisdom—are let loose into the world? Here is a question the philosopher Plato never considered, I’m sure, but which the … Continue reading

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